I’ve always been the type to laugh at inappropriate times. I don’t mean to be disrespectful; it’s just how I handle tense situations. I try to make jokes when I’m nervous, and that, coupled with what my grandmother dubbed as “mouthiness,” has embarrassed me more times than I can count. One would think I would learn from past mistakes, but I honestly believe a sense of humor can be a life saver, and sooner or later, I will figure out how to use it in a way that is useful rather than makes me look like an a-hole.
When I became a parent, I found that there weren’t many others like me. I was the only one at the park giggling when my kid tripped (you know it’s hilarious), and I always felt alone when I longed for the pre-baby days (and jeans) because a “good mother” never wishes away the days with her little ones. I read books about how to identify my baby’s needs by dissecting his cries, and two babies later have yet to figure that shit out. Sometimes I’m quick to anger, short on patience, and don’t appreciate every second of every day. I’m not perfect. And I don’t pretend to be.
I never felt inadequate, though; I’m a good mother. I love my kids something fierce, and I’ve willingly rearranged my career and my boobs for them. While there are certainly days that I’m like WHAT THE BLOODY HELL AM I DOING?! I do think I’m doing a good job.
That’s why I love the Scary Mommy books so much. Jill put my thoughts into print without ever having spoken to me, and that’s when I realized there must be more Mommies like me. THANK GOD.
Parenting is not about perfection. It’s about honesty.
It’s not about competition. It’s about community.
It’s not about guilt. It’s about laughter.
So you can understand why I am so excited to have been featured on Scary Mommy’s website, to have collaborated with her in a giveaway for you, my fantastic readers, and why I
want need to bring her to my hometown. I’ve bothered you about this once already, but the competition just got heated, and I need you now more than ever. As you may recall, Scary Mommy is holding a photo contest to determine the last stop of her book tour. My entry is the adorable blonde kid on the potty, and it had been in first place…until…
Another woman had the audacity to take the lead!
Will you help me win?!
You can vote by clicking HERE once a day until May 12th!
You can share this link http://woobox.com/6siao2 on your Facebook page, tweet it to your Twitter pals, or even email it to your friends and beg them to vote.
If you don’t have a Facebook account, you’re off the hook. But I would so appreciate you spreading the word in any way that you can.
I hate asking for favors and rarely beg for votes, but THIS is too good to pass up! Thanks for anything you can do, pals!
Now if you’ll excuse me, my kids are hitting each other with vacuum attachments vying for my attention. See what I mean? I’m a GREAT mother!